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The Crush of Simplicity 

Wednesday, Jan 11 2012
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A science museum can be intimidating. “I don't know anything about science,” you might say, “and I don't know where to start.” But that's the point of a science museum. It tells you where to start, and it shows you incredibly complex things in astoundingly simple ways. Here's your reason to go: The Sweet Side of DNA. In this presentation, a scientist turns fresh strawberries into mush, then extracts the DNA. The “astoundingly simple” part is that the DNA is visible – without the help of a microscope. How do they do this? We don't know. They're the scientists! But we're certain that this little demonstration of “the most extraordinary molecule on Earth” will make you forget about a starting point or how much you don't know. The thing likely to perplex you most is “Why haven't I come here more?”
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